In North Carolina, the list of the top fundraisers in the state is dominated by the Governor, Attorney General, and Lieutenant Governor, each of whom reported in excess of $9.5 million in contributions. Taking his place just after those prominent statewide officeholders in North Carolina is Republican State Sen. Jim Perry.
Perry represents District 7 in North Carolina’s State Senate, an area which includes Lenoir and Wayne Counties. A former businessman, Perry was appointed by Gov. Roy Cooper in 2019 to replace State Sen. Louis Pate, who had resigned his seat for health reasons. According to his website, since taking office, Perry has served on committees overseeing health and human services appropriations, healthcare, commerce and insurance, pensions and retirement, aging, and state and local government.
This year, Perry faced two contested races in his quest to keep his seat. First, Perry faced attorney Billy Strickland in the Republican primary for District 7, capturing 66 percent of the vote. Moving on to the general election, Perry squared off against Democrat Donna Lake. Perry defeated Lake in the November 3 General Election, with 55 percent of the vote to Lake’s 45.
According to our data, Perry raised $2,962,424, while reporting $946,339 in expenditures. Perry self-funded the majority of his campaign, contributing $2,060,385. The North Carolina Senate Majority Fund was second largest contributor, donating $207,415 to his campaign account. Perry’s top expenditures went to People Who Think LLC, a marketing and advertising agency, in the amount of $439,211.
To see who gave to other candidates in the state of North Carolina, and how those donations were spent in pursuit of a victory on November 3, visit our Candidates page.
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